Therapy for fungal diseases: opportunities and priorities

Trends Microbiol. 2010 May;18(5):195-204. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2010.02.004. Epub 2010 Mar 6.


This article provides a perspective on the current status of drug therapy for invasive fungal diseases, together with priorities for the future development of novel compounds. Key opportunities for new drugs include production of orally bioavailable agents for the treatment of invasive aspergillosis, invasive candidiasis, cryptococcal meningitis and mucosal and urinary Candida infections. Orally bioavailable agents for the treatment of chronic pulmonary and allergic aspergillosis are also required, as well as new potent drugs against a range of medically important moulds. Antifungal resistance is a problem in certain contexts, but is generally less of a problem than bacterial infections. Earlier and more complete mycological diagnosis and improvements in underlying risk estimation will improve outcomes. The limitations of the current antifungal agents and opportunities for new developments are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antifungal Agents / chemistry
  • Antifungal Agents / pharmacology*
  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Biomedical Research / trends
  • Drug Discovery / trends*
  • Drug Resistance, Fungal
  • Mycoses / diagnosis
  • Mycoses / drug therapy*
  • Mycoses / microbiology


  • Antifungal Agents